Louisiana voters take to social media to complain about slavery amendment
Voters seek guidance about confusing proposal
Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, said he has been urged to run for state insurance commissioner. (Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator)
Across social media platforms, Louisiana voters are seeking clarity about a confusing constitutional amendment on involuntary servitude.
In it’s original form, the amendment, dubbed “Remove Involuntary Servitude as Punishment for a Crime from Constitution Measure” would have prohibited slavery and involuntary servitude in Louisiana. But after going through the legislative process, the language was watered down to continue to allow forced labor as part of a criminal sentence.
Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge, a civil rights attorney, proposed the amendment, and he is now asking voters to vote against it. In its current stature, he said the wording could potentially authorize slavery.
The measure is the topic of social media backlash on Twitter, Reddit and TikTok.
Here’s what voters are saying:
@bellekurve PLEASE WATCH “13th” produced by @arraynow on Netflix ASAP! And Louisiana please VOTE NO ON CA 7! #VoteHeaux #Vote #Louisiana #constitutionalrights #13th #Slavery #FireTheGOP #votetiktok ♬ original sound – TheBelleKurve
Anyone confused on Louisiana amendment 7, the people who brought it forward asked to vote no because of the language. There’s a bunch of misinformation out rn. pic.twitter.com/xt5EaxboVF
— might of modelo (@Estonluke) November 8, 2022
One thing for certain…they messed up Louisiana Amendment 7 bad bad. And they spent months saying one thing and then came in a couple weeks ago saying we should vote the other way because they left it too ambiguous. And I feel like it’s going to be a cluster.
— Naefertiti (@R_Rechail) November 8, 2022
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